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by Carson-DeWitt R
 

For Managing Congestion

Inhale Steam

One way to use steam treatment is to fill a bowl with steamy hot water. Then lean over the bowl in a comfortable position, and drape a towel over the bowl and your head to keep the steam in. Relax and breathe in the steam for about ten minutes at a time. You can repeat this several times a day. Be careful not to scald your face by touching the water. You can also find steam inhalers made for this purpose in stores. You can also try hot packs over your face several times a day.

Saline Nasal Sprays/Nasal Irrigation

Some doctors recommend a nasal irrigation device and warm salt solution to wash out your sinuses and nasal passages. Check with your doctor to see if she recommends a particular device. Nasal irrigation is most often used in the management of chronic sinusitis. There is some evidence that it may be helpful and little to suggest that it is harmful.
 

References


Rakel RE, Bope ET. Conn’s Current Therapy. 54th ed. Philadelphia, PA: WB Saunders Company; 2002.


Sinus infection (sinusitis). National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases website. Available at: http://www.niaid.nih.gov/topics/sinusitis/Pages/Index.aspx. Accessed September 12, 2008.


Sinusitis. American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery website. Available at: http://www.entnet.org. Accessed September 12, 2008.

 

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